Ag Club Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

Jacob Barnett dreams of researching new advances in agriculture.  Rachel Sibert loves animals and would like to care for them as a veterinarian.  Taylor Nash believes nothing would be better than teaching future generations about the science he loves – agriculture.  All three of these young people will begin following those dreams with the scholarship help of the Louisville Ag Club.

Barnett, Sibert and Nash are the latest winners of the Louisville club’s annual scholarship effort announced June 5, the 27th consecutive year the club has awarded a group of deserving metro Louisville and southern Indiana student’s financial awards.

“This is one of the most rewarding efforts our chapter is involved with,” said Bryce Roberts, the club’s current president.  “It’s just exciting to see these young people, learn about what they’ve accomplished already and be part of their future.

The Ag Club awards include 3 specific scholarships named after previous and current members of the organization.  They include the founder of the organization, a long-term Jefferson County Extension Agent for agriculture, and its current senior member Howard Kamin who conceived and started the effort in 1983.

Jacob Barnett, son of Tim and Sabrina Barnett of Spencer County is the winner of the $2,600 Corley Brown Memorial Scholarship.    A graduate of Spencer County High School, Jacob plans to attend the University of Kentucky in the fall, concentrating in ag biotechnology and eventually moving into the field of agricultural research.   “That’s what’s most exciting to me, the opportunity to be involved in a breakthrough that helps people,” Jacob said.   His high school career certainly involved breakthrough performance in academics.  Jacob is a Governor’s Scholar and member of the National Honors Society and Beta Club.

Rachel Sibert, an 18-year old graduate of Spencer County High is the winner of the Charles Keene Memorial Scholarship for $2600.   Rachel is the daughter of John and Tracy Sibert of Spencer County.  She also plans to enroll in the University of Kentucky’s ag biotechnology program, but with a focus on pre-veterinarian studies.   “My ultimate goal is to become a large animal vet,” she said, noting that her involvement in the school’s national award winning Dairy Judging Team helped spawn that interest.  Through its well-known FFA program, the Spencer County chapter grabbed national rankings over the past two years.  Rachel also excelled in the classroom, earning Governor Scholar’s honors along with being a standout softball player.

Taylor Nash is the winner of the Ag Club’s annual Howard Kamin Scholarship for $4,000.  Nash is the son of Scott and Beverly Nash of Shelby County and recent graduate of Collins High School.  Taylor says he will enroll in the University of Kentucky, planning to major in Ag Education and minor in Ag economics.  But his ultimate destination is clear:  “I want to be a teacher to help young people, similar to what I’ve experienced and the ways I’ve benefitted from great teachers and my FFA leaders,” he said. Taylor’s honors include being a Governor’s Scholar and member of the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders.

Roberts said the Ag Club selections are challenging when so many top students, with great academic and extracurricular records are competing.   “We believe we’ve picked the best of the best and we’re proud to have such a level of talent represented.”

The Louisville Ag Club is one of the nation’s oldest associations dedicated to furthering relationships and understanding between urban/rural dwellers.  Its members consist of farmers, people working in farm related businesses, and those from academic and research fields.  The club meets monthly and includes Jefferson and its surrounding counties including counties in southern Indiana.

It scholarship dollars are created by volunteer efforts of the chapter, including providing the voice of the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Freddy Farmer,  and working events like the PGA in Louisville.

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